Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi, Meg Foster, Patrick O'Bryan
Director: William Lustig
Genres: Action & Adventure, Sports, Mystery & Suspense
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure Rating: R Release Date: 2-MAY-2006 Media Type: DVD
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Mind who's calling ...
M. Williams | Cardiff | 04/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sam Dietz (Leo Rossi: 'Halloween 2', 'Maniac Cop 2'), a cop from New York, has made detective grade. He is re-assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department, and his first assignment is to track down a relentless serial killer, who chooses his victims from the phone book. Judd Nelson puts in the finest performance of his carreer, as Arthur 'Buck' Taylor, the disturbed maniac who harbours a personal vendetta against the police department. Robert Loggia (Bill Malloy) is on top form as Dietz's older, and more experienced, partner. Loggia is an accomplished supporting actor, having played prominent roles throughout his carreer in films like 'The Lost Highway', 'Gladiator', and 'Scarface'. He is apltly cast in the detective duo role, and played a similar character alonside Martin Sheen in 'The Believers'.William Lustig ('Maniac Cop' 1, 2 & 3; 'Maniac') is renown for his portrayal of maniacal characters, and has directed some excellent horror/slasher films in his time. 'Relentless' stands alongside 'Maniac Cop' as one of his most accomplished achievements as a director.Sinister, edge-of-the-seat action.Late night viewing recommended ... but don't answer the phone!"
Has Its Moments, But Sequels Are Better
Craig Connell | Lockport, NY USA | 04/17/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This crime story has some scary scenes, with an especially memorable one early on with a woman hiding in a clothes dryer. In fact, the first half of this is excellent but it peters out that point with two typical Hollywood clichés of crime movies of the period.
They are: 1 - the good cop (Leo Rossi as "Sam Dietz") going it alone despite the orders of his superior; 2 - the killer going to the good cop's house to kill his family. Without those standard scenes, I would have rated this four stars, instead of three.
By the way, what's with Meg Foster's eyes? It looks like they have no pupils. It's eerie to look at that woman's face.
This movie spawned several sequels and the sequels were better and better as they went along with the third, I believe, being the best."
When Buck Taylor Comes to Call, Your Number is Up. 9.5/10
The Whatever Dude | houston, tx United States | 03/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First time I had encountered Relentless was when I was at Hollywood Video sometime last summer, you know, since they had VHS clearances and this was one of the tapes that was up for grabs. So I decided to buy it and truth be told, I was not really expecting much, but after watching, I got a lot more than I expected.
The movie centers around Arthur "Buck" Taylor (Played by Judd Nelson in probably his best performance) who having just been rejected from the L.A.P.D. on psychological grounds, Buck decides to get even by selecting random people from the phone book with his first name in their names as well as people with his last name in their names, as a mean of trying to kill himself, and uses his police training skills to cover his tracks. Buck begins taunts the police with torn pages from the phone book with messages. When rookie detective Sam Dietz (Played by Leo Rossi), and veteran Bill Malloy (Played by Robert Loggia) decide to take the case, the two cops are drawn in to a deadly game of cat-and-mouse which ends in a deadly fight to the finish.
Overall, I think William Lustig (MANIAC COP) did an excellent job with the direction and I liked Leo Rossi's perfomance of Sam Dietz (Which he would reprise in the sequels) and I especially think Judd Nelson did a excellent and very creepy performance as Buck. I highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys neo noirs, serial killer movies, or even fans of Lustig.
EXTRAS: A good widescreen presentation on the DVD along with trailers for "Trapped", "Panic Room", & "Secret Window"."
Better than most of the "stalk and slash" films.
The Whatever Dude | 08/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though not one of my favorites, Judd Nelson gives his best performance in Relentless,playing a serial killer. Director William Lustig has made several films about maniacs,but Relentless is one of his best. With a supporting cast including Leo Rossi and Robert Loggia, Relentless is superior to many of the mad slasher movies of its genre."